Here are some top tips for creating a strong password, one that can’t be guessed by other people.
Many websites will ask for personal details, such as your name, address, date of birth or credit card information. To protect that information, you have to create a password. Creating a good password that can’t easily be guessed is an important way of protecting yourself online.
If somebody else gets hold of your password, they can use that password to access the personal accounts on the websites you’ve visited. That means that your email, banking, shopping and social media accounts might be hijacked.
A good password makes it much harder for someone to guess your password, which means that your personal accounts can be far more secure.
There are some common mistakes that people make when creating passwords. These include:
You should avoid making these mistakes yourself. Instead, you should create a good password, one that can’t be easily guessed.
A good password looks like it’s just a jumble of letters, numbers and symbols. For example, 3br@T2 or Figit32! are good passwords.
But remembering those types of passwords can be hard, so there are some tricks you can use to create good passwords that you can remember.
Over time, you’ll need to remember a lot of passwords. Your web browser can help with that. Just follow these steps:
Regardless of how secure your device is, we recommend you never allow your browser to remember your myGov account, online shopping account or online banking account usernames or passwords.
You should create a new good password every time you’re asked to create a new password. As an added precaution, you can change your most important passwords every few months.
If you’ve forgotten your password, there is usually a forgotten password link or button when you try to log in. Click on it, and you can arrange for the website to send you a new one by email.